Future Generations (FG) is a community-based, year-long prevention program for youth and families from the Lancaster City area who face difficulties. FG reduces a student’s risk factors by developing individual leadership skills and strengthening personal resiliency. Students grow and become part of a strong community based on trust, respect and understanding.

Effectiveness
Documented evidence of:

  • increased academic performance
  • increased positive attitude toward school
  • decreased levels of negative behaviors

Students begin to earn scholarship money toward college based on their attendance, grades and participation in service-learning opportunities.

There are four components of the Future Generations Program

  1. Future Generations After School
  2. Youth Leadership Program
  3. Kids Kamp
  4. Connections Camp

Future Generations After School

Our core program provides a safe outlet for youth to express their energy and creativity. Success in the program is achieved through a life-skills curriculum, intergenerational mentoring, service learning and homework help. Recreational games and activities help to strengthen positive relationships with peers and adults.

Risk Factors Addressed:

  • poor social skills
  • lack of engagement in school
  • disengagement from school and community

Skills Built:

  • resiliency
  • healthy peer relationships
  • social competency
  • emotional & self-awareness
  • decision making
  • academic success
  • creativity
  • goal setting

Age/Grade Level: Ages 10-14, going into 5th-8th grade

Setting: Community-based, after school

Format: Mondays-Thursdays from October to May

Youth Leadership Program

This program for high school-aged youth provides them with an opportunity to develop their leadership skills through strengths-based skill development, intergenerational mentoring and service learning. These students become role models for the younger students by demonstrating how to positively interact with peers, navigate high school and become leaders.

Risk Factors Addressed:

  • low self-efficacy
  • negative peer influences
  • disengagement from school and community

Skills Built:

  • leadership
  • serving the community
  • goal setting
  • self-confidence
  • communication
  • time management
  • academic success

Age/Grade Level: Ages 14-18, going into 9th-12th grade

Setting: Community-based, after school

Format: Bi-weekly leadership training and expectation of regular attendance at Future Generations After School

Kids Kamp

**To be eligible for Kids Kamp, youth must be enrolled in Future Generations during the school year.** Kids Kamp is a camping experience that builds on individual growth and increases group bonding. By encouraging students to take healthy risks, the youth challenge what they believe they are capable of and discover their own strength. It is an exciting week full of opportunities to grow, build and strengthen friendships and enjoy nature.

Risk Factors Addressed:

  • low self-efficacy
  • poor social skills
  • poor collaborative skills

Skills Built:

  • self-confidence
  • adaptability
  • collaboration
  • nature appreciation
  • leadership

Age/Grade Level: Ages 10-18

Setting: Summer camp

Format:5-day overnight camp in late June

Connections Camp

** To be eligible for Connections, children must be enrolled in Future Generations during the school year.** This summer program is based on experiential education. The key component is the “connection” the youth make: both with what their community has to offer them, and how they can give back. Students also explore the possibility of higher education and how they can reach their future goals.

Risk Factors Addressed:

  • lack of college and career exploration opportunities
  • low self-efficacy
  • disengagement from community

Skills Built:

  • community awareness
  • goal setting
  • service learning
  • resiliency
  • collaboration
  • social competency

Age/Grade Level: Ages 10-14

Setting: Community locations throughout Lancaster City and County

Format: Mondays-Thursdays for 4 weeks in July and August

Contact Jasmine Rivera at (717) 299-2831 x226 today to learn more.